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[THR] Sueanna's recovery thread

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Sueanna, May 12, 2019 at 2:59 PM.

  1. Sueanna

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    Hi, I just got a hip replacement 6 days ago. Total left hip replacement, posterior. I feel great. I just can't believe it. I'm driving already I walk with a cane and careful about twisting or bending past 90 degrees. But it's amazing! I'll be 57 years old this year and I was very Physically Active. I would recommend this to anyone.
     
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    Wow! Driving at 6 days after a posterior? Does your surgeon know?

    You should read these
    Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
    1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
    2. Control discomfort:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
    6. Access these pages on the website

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery

    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

    We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

    While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
     
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    :scare: I had a six week driving restriction when I had a posterior and even then, it was a strong message of 'proceed with caution'. This surgery was lateral and same 6 week restriction. I can't see myself being safe before that with or without pain killers because of emergency stops, etc.
     
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    Wow - I suspect your insurance company may have a view? Probably worth checking with them.
     
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    I have to agree with the others. In the UK it may be different but from an insurance perspective we can't drive until given the go ahead by the OS and that's usually around 6 weeks.
     
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    Hello :wave:
    Welcome to BoneSmart :welome: Thanks for joining us and congrats on your new hip.
    Wow...driving already? That's unbelievable!
    It's great you're having such a good recovery already. You don't seem to have any concerns.
    Stop back often and share you're progress. Wed love to support you moving forward.
    Happy Monday!
    @Sueanna
     
  7. Sueanna

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    Well it's day 9 now and I feel great. I know some people are saying I shouldn't be driving I drive with my right foot not my left. And I had a left hip replacement. I was shown how to get in and out of the car properly at the hospital before I left. I was in good shape before I got this surgery and for some reason I heal very fast . The only pain I have had is surgical pain which is going away daily. I haven't used anything but ibuprofen since 3 days after surgery. So I don't even think insurance company will have a problem with me driving. And my physical therapist knows I'm driving. she even said she can't believe how far along I am most people are still using crutches and I can walk without a cane. I do use a cane at times because I do not want to overdo it. I also rest and elevate my leg throughout the day. Always been told to keep moving you don't want your muscles to get weaker than they already are. I also follow my precautions always
     
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    Hello :hi: @Sueanna
    It's wonderful to read you're feeling great at nine days post op. You may be getting a little ahead of yourself though. Driving this early is not the norm. It's best to be released to drive by your surgeon. It's really not your physical therapists concern, nor do you need a nod from your PT to begin driving. We learn how to get in and out of the car at the hospital so we can get home, not because they expect we'll be driving within a week or just days over a week.

    You may be a quick healer but complete healing takes up to a year, even longer for some. Your flesh was sliced open and power tools were used. Muscle and soft tissue was traumatized. Your bone was sawed, reamed out and a prosthetic placed within.

    It's good you're resting throughout the day. Hopefully you're sleeping well at night and /or trying to squeeze a nap in here and there. Our body does it's best healing while we're asleep.

    Wishing you only the best going forward.
     
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  9. Sueanna

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    Lol.i know what they did to me...i watched it twice...ugh...but anyway thanks for the input..everyone is different. I do sleep well and take a nap daily.
     
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    Plus I was researching it ever since I found out I had to get a hip replacement. I know quite a bit about my body I was in nursing school in my early fifties but decided it wasn't for me. But I do understand people's concern.
     
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